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World Botanic Garden Exhibition at the Olympic Games!

6 August 2008

The World Botanic Gardens Exhibition, co-organised by BGCI,the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Botanic Gardens, and Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Committee will be displayed at the Science and Technology Park near the Olympic Village from 1st August to 8th September 2008.

The goal of the exhibition is to open a window to Olympic Games participants and visitors from around world through which they can see the beauty and the value of biodiversity and witness the ongoing efforts of botanic gardens to preserve our natural plant heritage.  It also aims to show all visitors how gardens work locally and internationally to keep our planet green.

The exhibition contains 70 individual exhibition panels with 70 stories highlighting world botanic gardens, institutions and inviduals involved in plant conservation and research. Other exhibits include two seed display cabinets, two leaf display cabinets, and an interactive plant scent station (where visitors can smell different oils and perfumes derived from fragrant plants). The main exhibition also includes interesting living plants, most of them are medicinal plants.

The Plants Display and Exit area, is an open green space where visitors can wander after viewing the major exhibition area. It includes 30 rare and interesting species of live plants. There is also a large (5.5m x 7.5m) LCD screen playing videos provided by various gardens.

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